Message from our CEO
I'm excited to introduce Western Midstream's first ESG report. As we transition to a stand-alone midstream company, we continue to bolster our already strong corporate responsibility culture. From the Board of Directors to our field-level employees, we embed responsibility and accountability for ESG at every level and across every function.
By providing midstream services, we help deliver energy and inputs essential to our daily lives and improve the quality of life across the globe. Our ESG efforts underpin our steadfast commitment to serving our clients and delivering value to all our stakeholders.
We recognize that climate change is one of the most significant challenges of our times, and we remain focused on mitigating and eliminating environmental impacts. Our efforts focus on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across our operations, which not only protects the environment but helps us operate safely and efficiently. We reduce emissions across the oil and gas value chain through our direct-from-wellhead pipeline infrastructure and operational innovations. Additionally, we follow industry-leading practices to reduce direct emissions, leaks, and overall energy use, including implementing leak detection and repair systems. As a result of these actions, 99.9 % of our gathering and boosting infrastructure was found to be free of leaks in 2019.
I'm proud of our team's continued dedication to safety. Earlier this year, we were recognized by the GPA Midstream Association for outstanding safety performance in 2019, where we were awarded first place in the division-one category for companies with greater than one million reported manhours. Furthermore, we've consistently outperformed the industry safety average over the past three years. We continue to strengthen our safety-first culture and performance through a robust system of risk assessment, asset integrity management, training, safety observations, and near-miss tracking and aligning employee compensation with safety performance goals.
While we have recognized many successes over the past year, our business and industry continue to face numerous challenges, particularly the COVID-19 pandemic. As our employees continue to provide essential services, we remain committed to their health and safety, along with that of their families, our customers, and the communities in which we live and work. We developed and implemented the COVID-19 Mitigation Plan, whereby we have elevated cleaning protocols, implemented health screenings for all symptomatic personnel, and encouraged our employees to work remotely where possible.
While the future may bring additional challenges, we are committed to operating responsibly and exceeding the expectations of our stakeholders. With the Western MidstreamTM team's continued dedication, we will advance our ESG efforts and identify additional opportunities to improve our performance.
President and Chief Executive Officer
At Western Midstream, we are committed to transporting and delivering oil and gas products and collecting produced water responsibly, while reducing our environmental footprint and positively contributing to our workforce and local communities.
We take a coordinated approach to managing environmental, social, and governance issues across the company. All functions play a role in supporting our ESG efforts, which are organized around three strategic pillars: supporting a sustainable environment, focusing on people, and operating responsibly.
As we organize as a stand-alone midstream company, we are aligning our workforce around a common vision and strategy to build efficiencies and focus on ESG issues and performance. In early 2020, we launched the “WES Way,” through which we are building collaborative, streamlined, and standard approaches across eight operational focus areas that underpin our ESG efforts and overall performance as a company. Through the use of advanced analytics, enhanced standardized procedures, and integrated workflows, we are empowering multi-discipline teams to anticipate issues quickly, make timely decisions, improve safety, and reduce environmental risk.
Accountability for ESG management and performance starts at the top of our organization as our Board of Directors is kept current on all operational and regulatory activity, including HSSE risk management and performance metrics. Additionally, operational, financial, and safety performance results achieved during the year impact annual executive and employee compensation.